Foundation Program

The Foundation Program is the exciting beginning of the Comprehensive Teacher Training Journey.

The Foundation Program will give you a solid foundation for teaching Mat Pilates and a thorough introduction to exercises on the Reformer, Ped-a-pul, Cadillac, and Wunda Chair.

This program is a prerequisite for the Graduate Program and students can begin their observation, self-practice and student teaching hours during the Foundation Program.

There is no credential for the Foundation Program. However, completion of this program allows students to pursue a Mat Pilates teaching certificate or continue on to the Graduate Program. The Mat Pilates Teaching Certifiation requirements are listed in the Mat Program section or the Examination Process.

Please review our Refund Policy before registering for a program (may not apply to Licensee territories).

Program schedule is subject to postponement or cancellation, based on student enrollment.

*All fees are in U.S. Dollars.

Upon completion of the program, you will be qualified to:

• Understand and apply the basic principles of Pilates in the teaching and demonstration of exercises.

• Recognize common postural deviations and provide cues for improvement of the functional components of these conditions.

• Analyze and understand key Pilates exercises, based on anatomical and biomechanical principles.

• Utilize the BASI® Block System to design and teach an individual or group exercise session.

• Effectively teach and demonstrate a wide range of classical Pilates exercises and original BASI exercises on the Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Ladder Barrel, and Wunda Chair.

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  1. Program Structure
  2. Certification
  3. Tuition & Fees

Foundation (US) Program Structure

  1. Module 1 - The Fundamentals

    Primary concepts covered include the 10 movement principles of the Pilates method, an overview of the pelvic region and Pilates breathing. A historical overview of Pilates is presented, plus the BASI® approach, and the importance of safety when teaching Pilates are discussed. Repertoire includes fundamental Mat and Reformer exercises. A one-hour mat class is taught.

  2. Module 2 - Anatomy Overview Part 1

    Primary concepts covered include an anatomy and terminology overview: major bones, muscles, joints, bony landmarks and center of gravity. The importance and practice of cueing is discussed. Repertoire covers fundamental Reformer, intermediate Mat, Pole and Ped-a-pul. A one-hour mat class is taught.

  3. Module 3 - Anatomy Overview Part 2

    Primary concepts covered include the BASI® system of movement analysis, exercise physiology, and aerobic/anaerobic exercise.  The BASI® format of teaching is discussed and the Block System®, created by Rael Isacowitz, is introduced. Repertoire taught is intermediate Mat and Reformer and Leg Weights. A one-hour mat class is taught.

  4. Module 4 - Posture Assessment

    Primary concepts covered are the principles of alignment and posture assessment. Discussion includes exercise as a tool for assessment. Repertoire taught includes intermediate through advanced Mat, intermediate Reformer, and fundamental Cadillac. A one-hour mat class is taught.

  5. Module 5 - Core Strength: Back and Abdominals

    Primary concepts covered are core strength and the relationship of the various muscle groups that make up the core with particular focus on the abdominals and the back extensors. Contraindications, effective exercises and the importance of understanding your client’s needs and body type are discussed. Also addressed are the role of the teacher and the importance of flow in a session. Repertoire taught includes advanced Mat, intermediate Reformer, and Arm Chair. A one-hour mat class is taught.

  6. Module 6 - Exercise Adaptation

    Primary concepts include an in-depth look into exercise adaptation and the use of assists and modifications. Lecture focuses on how to construct a complete and comprehensive program. Repertoire taught is advanced Mat, intermediate Reformer, fundamental Wunda Chair and Magic Circle. A one-hour mat class is taught. A general review of the repertoire is conducted and the online Written Examination is available at the end of the program.

Tuition & Fees

  • Deposit $400
  • Admin Fee $100
  • Outstanding Tuition $1699

    Total Tuition $2199

Additional Fees

Pilates Interactive Monthly Subscription - Pro Version $10/ month

Studio Fees for Observation, Self-Practice, Teaching (Contact the studio for more information)

Testing Fees: Fees for Mat Certification $150 (Go to Examination Process for more information)

Teaching Credential

The Foundation Program prepares one to qualify for the Mat Teacher Certification.

Graduation requirements for the Mat Program are:

  • Attendance of all Modules
  • Pass the Final Exam (Online)
  • Practical and Teaching Examinations at a Centralized Location*
  • Observation: 15 Hours (50% can be completed via Pilates Interactive)
  • Student Teaching: minimum of 40 Hours
  • Self- Practice: minimum of 30 Hours

*Additional fees required

For more information go to Examination Process